tv Campaign 2020 Sen. Amy Klobuchar in Concord NH CSPAN February 12, 2020 2:33am-2:56am EST
[cheering and applause] sen. klobuchar: my heart is full tonight. my heart is full tonight. while there are still ballots left to count, we have been the odds every step of the way. [cheering and applause] we have done on the merits, we have done it with ideas, and we have done it with hard work. because we are resilient and strong as the people of this great nation. [cheering and applause] sen. klobuchar: thank you to our incredible staff and our unstoppable volunteers. my wonderful husband john, our daughter abigail. [cheering and applause]
and the people of new hampshire, because of you, we are taking this campaign to nevada! [cheering and applause] we are going to south carolina! [cheering and applause] sen. klobuchar: and we are taking this message of unity to the country. we know in our hearts that in a democracy, it is not about the loudest voice or the biggest bank account. it is about the best idea and about the person who can turn those ideas into action. [cheering and applause] sen. klobuchar: we know we cannot win big by trying to out divide the divider in chief. we know we win by bringing people with us instead of shutting them out. donald trump's worst nightmare
is that the people in the middle, the people who have had enough of the name-calling and the mudslinging have someone to vote for in november. [cheering and applause] sen. klobuchar: i -- [crowd chanting] sen. klobuchar: i cannot wait to bring our green bus around the country. i cannot wait to win the nomination. [cheering and applause] sen. klobuchar: i cannot wait to build a movement and win with a movement of fired up democrats, of independents, and moderate republicans. [cheering and applause] they see this:
election as we do. we see it as an economic check on this president. we see it as a patriotism check. and we see it as a decency check. because in the end, we know what unites us is so much bigger than what divides us. and we know that we believe, so many of us believe, that the heart of america is bigger than the heart of this guy in the white house. [cheering and applause] tonight is about grit. and my story, like so many of yours, is one of resilience. i announced my candidacy in the middle of a minnesota blizzard. a lot of people predicted i would not even get through that speech. but not the people of my state and not the people of new hampshire.
except then they predicted we would not make it through the summer. we did. then they predicted we would not make it to the debates, and man were we at the debate in new hampshire. [cheering and applause] what we haver: been is we have been steady, strong, and we have never quit. i think that sounds pretty good for president. sen. klobuchar: across the months and months and miles of this race, we redefined the word grit. you see it with our happy, scrappy campaign. 10 county, 30 our hour tour in the middle of a nor'easter. you saw in our early morning diner stops and late-night rallies, and yes, you saw it on that debate stage. [cheering and applause] sen. klobuchar: just like so
many of you out there, i know a little bit about resilience. my grandpa worked 1500 feet underground in the mines of northern minnesota. he never graduated from high school because his parents were sick, he had nine brothers and sisters, and he had to help raise them. and every day he would go down in that cage in that mine carrying a lunch bucket my grandma would pack. his youngest sister hannah was only eight years old when they put her in an orphanage and he vowed after his parents died he would go and get her. two years later, he borrowed a car, went to duluth, and brought her home. he and my grandma saved money in a coffee cam in their basement to send my dad to a two-year community college. my dad became a newspaperman. my mom was born in milwaukee, the site of our next convention.
[cheering and applause] sen. klobuchar: she came to minnesota and taught second grade until she was 70 years old. i still meet people that say she was their favorite teacher. so i stand before you today as the granddaughter of an iron ore miner, the daughter of a teacher and newspaperman, as the first woman elected to u.s. senate from the state of minnesota, and a candidate for president of the united states! [cheering and applause] >> [crowd chanting] amy! sen. klobuchar: that, my friends, that is because we live in a country of shared dreams, that no matter where you come from, who you know, the color of your skin, where you worship, who you love, that you can make it in the united states of america.
[cheering and applause] sen. klobuchar: i did not have a perfect life. my dad struggled with alcoholism his whole life. by the time john and i got married, he got his third dwi. the judge said you have to decide jail or treatment and he chose treatment. in his words, he was pursued by grace. i believe everyone in this country should have that opportunity to be pursued by grace. [cheering and applause] sen. klobuchar: when abigail was born, we thought it was going to be a perfect thing but she was really sick and could not swallow and she was in intensive care. back then, the insurance companies had a rule and they kicked me out of the hospital even though she was in intensive care, in 24 hours. a few months later, i went to the legislature, worked with a number of legislators, and we passed one of the first laws in the country guaranteeing new moms and babies a 48-hour
hospital stay. [cheering and applause] that is how i do my work. and as my friend elizabeth noted earlier tonight, people told me just like they told her that they did not think a woman could be elected. in my case, it was elected to the u.s. senate. no woman had ever done it before. but i came back, i defied expectations, and i won. [cheering and applause] sen. klobuchar: and i have done it over and over again in the reddest of red districts and bluest of blue districts. when i got to the u.s. senate, people told me it is so hard to get things done. in the gridlock of washington, d.c., i have passed over 100 bills as the lead democrat. [cheering and applause] and tonight in
new hampshire, as everyone had counted us out, even a week ago -- thank you, pundits. [laughter] sen. klobuchar: i came back and we delivered. [cheering and applause] we have been on quite a journey together, and you have learned this about me, i never give up. but my story is nothing compared to the resilience i have seen all over this country. the mom in california who lost her child to gun violence, and even through her grief and heartbreak, she has joined the fight to keep our children safe. the immigrant who works two jobs and still struggles to put food on the table but is determined to raise her kids in america so they have a better future. the farmer who is facing bankruptcy because of bad trump
policies but persists in working the land just like his parents and his grandparents before him. america deserves a president who doesn't give up or give in just because a decision is hard. america deserves a president who is as resilient as her people. [cheering and applause] sen. klobuchar: america deserves a president who will take on the challenges of our time -- climate change, affordable education and college, immigration reform, justice and democracy, and yes, bringing down the cost of health care. [cheering and applause] sen. klobuchar: our country cannot take another four years of donald trump. the rule of law cannot withstand another four years of a president who thinks he is above it.
our collective sense of decency cannot handle another four years of a president who doesn't care about it. our democracy cannot tolerate another four years of a president who wants to bulldoze right through it. and our american dream cannot tolerate a president who thinks he can choose who lives it. [cheering and applause] sen. klobuchar: the president might as well have a sign on his desk that says the buck stops anywhere but here. [laughter] sen. klobuchar: he literally blames everyone, think about this. for anything that goes wrong. he blames barack obama, the city of baltimore, he blames the head of the federal reserve that he appointed, he blames the energy secretary that he nominated, he blames the city of baltimore, he
blames the entire kingdom of denmark. who does that? and my favorite recent one, he blames the prime minister of canada for cutting him out of the canadian version of "home alone 2." that is what this guy does, that is donald trump. i think we can do better because for the people of this country, when things go wrong, they don't have anyone to blame, they just have to pick themselves up. i can promise you this, when i am behind that desk, i will take responsibility instead of passing it on. i will reach across the aisle and work with americans in good faith instead of picking fights. i will bring this country together instead of tearing it apart. [cheering and applause] some of you have
heard the story about franklin delano roosevelt. he was beloved, and when he died, they put his body on a train and it went through the countryside to washington, d.c., and people would spontaneously stand next to the rail tracks to show their respects. the story goes that one guy was standing there sobbing, a regular guy, had his hat across his chest, and a reporter says to him, sir, did you know president roosevelt? do you mind me asking, did you know him? the guy says no, i did not know president roosevelt, but he knew me. he knew me. that is what is lacking right now in the white house. that empathy. that ability of a president to put himself or herself in the shoes of the people of this country. [cheering and applause] sen. klobuchar: what is lacking
is that sacred trust between the people of this nation and the president of the united states. and my friends, i will restore that trust. [cheering and applause] sen. klobuchar: if you're having trouble deciding between filling a prescription or filling your refrigerator with food, i know you and i will fight for you. if you cannot decide how to stretch that paycheck to pay for your rent or your mortgage, i know you and will fight for you. and if you are having trouble deciding how you will pay for the childcare for your kids and the long-term care for your parents, i know you and i will fight for you. [cheering and applause] sen. klobuchar: if you want a democratic nominee who can make our tent bigger, who can make
our coalition wider, and our coattails longer, i know you and will fight for you. [cheering and applause] sen. klobuchar: and if you feel stuck in the extremes of our politics and you are tired of the noise and nonsense, you have a home with me. if you want a nominee who can stand up to donald trump on the debate stage, which you know i can do, i need your votes. yes. i will need those votes from the people in nevada, yes, and i will need the votes from south carolina and beyond, but most of all, i need your hearts. i don't have that big bank account, i don't have that big name as some of the other people in this race. and i am not a newcomer with no political record. but what i do is get things done. what i have is your back.
so i ask you to join us at amyklobuchar.com. join our campaign. join our campaign. >> [crowd chanting] amy! sen. klobuchar: thank you. thank you. thank you, new hampshire! we are onto nevada because the best is yet to come! [cheering and applause] sen. klobuchar: i want to thank a few people for we start the music and everything. [laughter] sen. klobuchar: who have been with me here in new hampshire from the very beginning, and i am so proud to have their help and support. it has meant the world. first of all, my great state director, scott, right over here. [cheering and applause] sen. klobuchar: and my campaign
team, justin.r and our team up here and the incredible staff in new hampshire that beat the odds when everyone counted us out, you never did. [cheering and applause] sen. klobuchar: i want to thank the incredible group of legislatorso many and former legislators and mayors and local officials that i cannot name all of them, i will name a few. counselor deborah, thank you. respected, she introduced me today. joe foster, the former attorney general of new hampshire, right over there. senators, thank you to both of you. former brigadier general kevin
ryan, as well as ambassador jim smith, who barn stormed the state for us. leaders.ng statehouse thank you, karen. lucy weber and doug. i wantedpecial mayors to mention, caroline from rochester and andrew -- where are you andrew -- of laconia. there you are, thank you. also people that have been there and given me so much guidance and advice. rich siegel, thank you so much. risha mcmahon. michael atkins. jim callahan. tom. and karen cornelius. , went to thank all of you
>> vermont senator bernie sanders took the top spot in the new hampshire primary with heat buttigieg minnesota senator amy klobuchar renting out -- rounding out the top three. you can stay up on the primary results from new hampshire and watch all of the speeches from the candidates on our special campaign 2020 website, c-span.org/campaign2020. massachusetts senator elizabeth warren spoke to supporters of her presidential campaign in manchester, new hampshire. this is 15 minutes. ♪ [cheering and applause]